Eric Hoffer Quotes

It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.

Eric Hoffer

Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.

Eric Hoffer

Animals often strike us as passionate machines.

Eric Hoffer

Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.

Eric Hoffer

Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.

Eric Hoffer

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Eric Hoffer

Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting.

Eric Hoffer

With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.

Eric Hoffer

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer

The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.

Eric Hoffer

Creativity is discontent translated into arts.

Eric Hoffer

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Eric Hoffer

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.

Eric Hoffer

No matter how noble the objective of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion - it is an evil government.

Eric Hoffer

The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.

Eric Hoffer

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